Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Ruins of the Borscht Belt ( A ghostly chaise at Grossingerís,Concord...)
Tablet ^ | 2/19/14 | Marisa Schienfeld

Posted on 02/19/2014 5:33:36 PM PST by sushiman

I grew up in “the mountains” or, as others called it, “the country”—as if no other mountain or country existed. In fact, it was Sullivan County, N.Y., about 90 miles northwest of New York City and an area of the Catskills centered on the town of Monticello that from the 1920s through the 1970s represented a retreat for millions of city-dwellers, predominantly Jewish American. The locale was first developed in the late 1800s with tanneries, lumberyards, and farms that eventually became boarding houses and hotels.

(Excerpt) Read more at tabletmag.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-32 next last
So sad ...Stunning photos ...
1 posted on 02/19/2014 5:33:36 PM PST by sushiman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: sushiman

Dang, my brother worked a summer at Grossinger’s in the Seventies.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 5:44:56 PM PST by dirtboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

A Walk on the Moon is a great (R) coming- of-age movie about a summer at a borscht belt resort in the Catskills at the cusp of many changes. Diane Lan, Liev Schreiber, Viggo Mortensen.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 5:49:28 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

Amazing. I actually assumed all these places still existed. I remember one of my Jewish friends in college had a little clock that looked like a log and had “Grossinger’s” written on it.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 6:01:14 PM PST by kaehurowing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

once jackie mason is gone schtick will be dead.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 6:08:25 PM PST by RitchieAprile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

Sad it wasn’t kept up, this was a piece of American History. Many performers honed their acts there. When radio, and then television was develped, there was a gold mine of talent already developed from years performing here. Those were the people that made radio and television what it is.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 6:11:31 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sushiman
...from a time when discriminatory policies made it difficult for Jews to travel freely across America

When was this? What were the policies?
7 posted on 02/19/2014 6:21:18 PM PST by posterchild
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kaehurowing

“I actually assumed all these places still existed.”

You can still buy Grossinger’s Rye bread, I was shocked at that photo.

That part of NY is beautiful, superb really. I don’t really understand what happened that these resorts are all ruined now.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 6:31:57 PM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: informavoracious

I’ve got to watch that someday.


9 posted on 02/19/2014 6:32:25 PM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: posterchild

In the first half of the 20th century (and even a bit later), it was not uncommon for hotels and resorts to have “No Jews” policies.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 6:33:05 PM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Vince Ferrer

“Dirty Dancing” (1987) was quite a lookback.

Upstate New York is so beautiful. Easy to see why the Catskills & Poconos were such romantic getaways & honeymoon sites.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 6:34:03 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: posterchild

“When was this? What were the policies?”

There was a lot of discrimination against Jews. I think the movie “Gentleman’s Agreement” is about that. But someone will correct me if I’m wrong.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 6:34:26 PM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: posterchild

...from a time when discriminatory policies made it difficult for Jews to travel freely across America

When was this? What were the policies?


These agreements and understandings existed up into the early sixties. I’m 62, and I remember as a kid the tension when trying to find places to staywhen traveling.

In the fifties and sixties, many of our families went to Atlantic City. I still remember the Kosher decals in the windows of many of the eateries.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 6:55:36 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jocon307; posterchild
There was a lot of discrimination against Jews. I think the movie “Gentleman’s Agreement” is about that. But someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

"School Ties" (with Brendan Fraser) was an updated version of this, I think.

14 posted on 02/19/2014 6:58:35 PM PST by thecodont
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: sushiman

This would be worth seeing if it was simply decay and neglect. But these pictures look like vandalism.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 7:05:21 PM PST by Lizavetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: informavoracious

“coming-of-age movie” = a description that should be banned


16 posted on 02/19/2014 7:06:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

Bildungsroman?


17 posted on 02/19/2014 7:19:24 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: jocon307
I don’t really understand what happened that these resorts are all ruined now.Low jet airfare and air conditioning. Easier to get far away and cooler even if you don't.
18 posted on 02/19/2014 7:21:27 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: sushiman
So sad ...Stunning photos ...

Uhhhhhhh...where are they?

19 posted on 02/19/2014 7:31:28 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: informavoracious

Why do people always want me to look up words?

That means the same thing. lol.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 7:41:23 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-32 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson